August 29th, 2009
09:52 PM ET
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GOP senator blasts Dems health care proposals

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bipartisan support may have faded further from reality Saturday when the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee condemned Democratic health care proposals which he said would “make our nation’s finances sicker.”

In the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, said that a comprehensive health care reform bill should decrease costs and be deficit-neutral. He said that the Democratic bills put forth “fail to meet these standards.”

Democrats have proposed some cuts to Medicare which would be used to cover uninsured Americans. Enzi accused Democrats of “raid[ing] Medicare” and said “savings from Medicare should only be used to strengthen Medicare.”

“These bills would expand comparative effectiveness research that would be used to limit or deny care based on age or disability of patients,” Enzi said.

Enzi also said that his colleagues in the Senate have put forth amendments that would “protect Americans by prohibiting the rationing of their health care.” He continued, “The Democrats showed their true intent by voting every amendment down.”

After making clear Republicans’ dismay with Democratic proposals, Enzi urged President Obama and Democrats in Congress to “reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on.”


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  1. paul

    Yawn, again a typical Republican slant, shooting down whatever the Dems try to propose, criticising without offering concrete solutions in return and making sure finances are the number one concern, not healthcare. If the GOP had all the answers, why haven't they done anything themselves before now? Because their priority lie in business, BIG business. This partisanship (from both sides) is the reason nothing meaningful will ever get accomplished and the staus quo will continue to drag down the country, to the extent that even the most fervent flag waiver will be forced to acknowledge.

    August 29, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Suzan

    Every republican should be ashamed of the scare tactics that they are using to scare the elderly and the rest of the americans.......if all you have is FEAR and SCARE as your solutions to the Health Care Issue then you need to be voted out of office and the GOP needs to ROT into non existance...........

    August 29, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Ted Tartaglia

    Sounds like another loser Repub whining again. Why does anyone pay any attention to these whiners when they propose nothing except their failed ideas?

    They even whine in unison without ever coming up with anything new. I guess the Repubs need a leader, any leader, since they obviously have none.

    August 29, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Walter

    Until such a time comes that we can legally force others to live healthy lifestyles to the degree we can collectively manage health care costs....it is grossly unfair for people living in a healthy manner, by choice, to pay for the self-destruction of others.

    August 29, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. JP

    Why don't we reform medicare and medicade first and see how the reforms work and see all the great savings promised before we try to reform everyone's health care. The politicians demonizing health insurance companies and health care providers sometimes rightly so and some changes need to be made. But what about the scumbag ambulance chaseing trial lawyers. How come all the proposals so far don't include medical malpractice reform which could save over 150 billion a year. What is more important the campaign contributions from the trial bar or American taxpayers. So far I don't like the answer.

    August 29, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    The Dems need to come back fighting. This needs to get done and it needs to get done now. Republicans have fought every fought everything from civil rights, to education reform, to medicare..........does anyone actually think they are going to go softly into that good night when it comes to health care. Come on Dems drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century and do what you know is the right thing:
    HEALTH CARE FOR ONE AND ALL!!!!

    August 29, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Nancy G in Fl

    Senator Enzi I don't like having to pay for your health care.Quite frankly siding with insurance companies who ration your care, rake you over the coals with high premiums only shows me that you severly lack character and backbone to stand up to the insurance industry. Spare me the budget deficit snow job. You had no problem spending money like a drunken sailor for the last 8 years. Democrats go it alone and pass health reform.

    August 29, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Bryan

    Sheesh, these liberals,huh? As Sen. Enzi says best, these Dems need to "reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on.” I absolutely agree that what Congress should do instead is ignore the public mandate that got them sworn into office, listen to what a somewhat irrelevant Senator has to say from Wyoming, and accept every proposal he makes that is in fundamental disagreement with public health care reform. Unlike millions of Americans, he and his family's wealth would allow him to see a doctor in the event one of them falls ill or injured.

    So when one party refuses to cast a single vote, won't have the discussion except through the sound byte oriented press, how can another party be anything but partisan?

    Keep collecting your tax dollars, Mr. Enzi. A job well done.

    August 29, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Ken, AZ

    Us Democrats must and will go it alone. The GOP has forever oposed anything that benefits average Americans, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, minimum wage increases, Veterans GI Bill, and on and on. And now they want to PRETEND that they care. Get real.

    August 29, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. charlie in Maine

    Blah, blah , blah. Who is this guy and why is he trying to stop my healthcare? Honestly I am fed up with the party of No. No ideas, no clue and (hopefully) no votes.

    August 29, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Well, surprise, he is a liar.

    One hundred sixteen of the Republikkan amendments have already been adopted into those bills.

    They do not want health insurance reform.

    Better duck Enzi. The train is coming!

    August 29, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. gail

    Mike Enzi is not telling the truth. He has no desire for any reform. he has confessed that his sole purpose was to slow down progress before the recess and he succeeded. However, i hope that he will not succeed in his goals of stopping reform. He is a hypocrite about deficit neutrality when he and other republicans cared not a wit about it in the Bush years. He is a beneficiary of the healthcare industry and he is a disciple of the Rush Limbaugh school of hoping President Obama fails at trying to provide healthcare for those of us that need it. Those of us that want to honor Senator Kennedy and h

    August 29, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. steve

    Doesn't evidenced based research and practice trump fear and profit?

    August 29, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. gail

    Mike Enzi is not telling the truth. He has no desire for any reform. he has confessed that his sole purpose was to slow down progress before the recess and he succeeded. However, i hope that he will not succeed in his goals of stopping reform. He is a hypocrite about deficit neutrality when he and other republicans cared not a wit about it in the Bush years. He is a beneficiary of the healthcare industry and he is a disciple of the Rush Limbaugh school of hoping President Obama fails at trying to provide healthcare for those of us that need it. Those of us that want to honor Senator Kennedy and his work will fight for him and this reform.

    August 29, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. Mike

    Another clueless right-wing hack........ who cares what he has to say. I mean, he's from Cheney country.

    August 29, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. sailfish

    This is the first republican i have seen screaming and hollering for the voices of the majority of Americans.
    We need a Republican who can stand up for us and not back down from the Democrates campaign of lies and deceit. We need a representive with backbone who doesn't care about being political correct,( which is a word made up by the left to suit their own agenda).And where is the investigation of ACORN and the comunist that Obama put in office. Somebody do something and quit worring about their political careers for a change

    August 29, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. Frank

    Just see how poorly they handled, and actually mishandled the stimulus money that was suppose to be allocated for NIH for research!!! They wasted it, were unable to review the proposals they received in a fair and objective manner, and they left the scientists wondering where did the rest of the money go when only 1% of the applications received were funded (only $200M of the promissed 8 or 10 billion!). And they want us to trust them with our healthcare system! Wow, our government is truly imploding!!!!

    August 29, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. Randy Brush

    After what the Republicans have done in the past few years, I will never trust them again!

    August 29, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. thehummelr

    Now here is a true lion of the Senate. Out there eating Ted's corpse before they could get him in the ground. I wish I lived in your state so I could vote against you – three or four times.

    August 29, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Where was the "voice" when W sent over 4000 of our young men to their death to kill the "man that wants to kill my daddy"? Plus the 10s of thousands that are maimed and will never again have a normal life.

    How much health care could we have for the amount spent on that illegal war? How much are the Insurance Companies paying these jerks in the Right-wing-nut party?

    August 29, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Reagan was wrong

    The GOP is no longer a functioning party. It's commendable that Pres. Obama made efforts to try to include them, but it's clear that their twin agendas of destroying Obama and returning to power at all costs are incompatible with any sort of serious dialogue.

    It's time to jettison the GOP altogether.

    August 29, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Barbara

    Fact: This country should be embarassed by the current lack of HealthCare for ALL Americans. These elected officials should cut the crap and work together to make HealthCare the Right it should be. They all should be ashamed-playing Politics with people's Health. What do they have to lose-They have great HealthCare-but then, they are Elected-Down the road they just might themselves out of a Job-and up the creek..

    August 29, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Peter E

    It's a good thing nobody understands math, or logic these days. First republicans denounce government interference in health care and they say it costs too much. Then they rally around Medicare, a government run program saying we should increase funding for it. Oh, and btw, factcheck.org has already disproven the myth that democrats would decrease spending on Medicare. I urge you to read it!

    August 29, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. Ernie in LA

    I can not believe that any American loving American would elect such a joke as Obama for President. It is just a shame that if this Monster is passed that it would only effect the fools that are for it.

    August 29, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Michael

    Is anyone else getting tired of these guys repeating over and over the same talking points provided to them by the insurance industry?

    August 29, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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